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General Questions (FAQ)

What is “universal design for learning?”

Simply put, universal design for learning (UDL) is the practice of embedding flexible strategies into the curriculum during the planning process so that all students can access a variety of e-learning solutions. UDL is commensurate with differentiated instruction, but places more emphasis on readily available technology to meet the needs of diverse learners. Read more about UDL on the CAST website.

What's the difference between accessible technology and assistive technology?

Assistive technology (AT) means any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

The term “accessible technology” broadens the definition to mean technology that improves the capabilities of all students, whether identified with a disability or not.

How can MCPS staff become more familiar with accessible technology tools and software?

Many resources are right here! The HIAT website offers Tech Quick Guides as well as links to online resources. In addition, there are several courses you can take that will help you integrate the use of technology into the classroom. Within a school building, there are many people who can be resources for you including the media specialist and technology consultant. There are often others in your building who are experienced in instructional uses of technology.

Can I use MCPS software at home?

There are some software programs for which the MCPS licensing agreement includes home use rights. See Software Rights for MCPS Staff (pdf).

How do I know what year my school went Tech Mod?

Refer to one of these web pages: Technology Modernization Project by Year or MCPS Schools by Tech Mod Year.

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